Call for papers “VGI: From OpenStreetMap to participation”

VGI: From OpenStreetMap to participation in conjunction with The 2016 International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2016) Beijing (China), 4- 7 July 2016.

The phenomenon of volunteered geographic information (VGI) is part of a wider transformation related to the use of geographic data in the different field of applications. Among these, participation, commercial uses and natural or anthropogenic risks assessment could be highlighted. Considering the rising difficulties faced by agencies, authorities and private users in the collection and distribution of new geographical information, a well-conceived VGI could constitute a valuable tool.

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Google Map Maker editing reopens, is that a participatory mapping?

Google has announced that it is reopening Map Maker up to editing in early August. The application was shut down after one Map Maker user pictured the Android robot urinating on the Apple logo outside Rawalpindi in Pakistan in April 2015. The re-opening Google Map Maker for edits brings back the question – is Google Map Maker collaborative and participatory tool as OpenStreetMap is?

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Community mapping in urban informal settlements: examples from Nairobi, Kenya

Recently, me and my colleague Lenka Sobotová wrote a paper for The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries called “Community mapping in urban informal settlements: examples from Nairobi, Kenya”. Our aim was to compare two participatory mapping projects, that were realized (not by us) in Nairobi, Kenya. Both of these projects took place in Kibera, by few considered the biggest slum in Africa (it is not, but I will get to it later). The main difference was in the understanding of word participation.

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